BEIRUT: The son and nephew of a senior Fatah security official were among a group of four arrested by Hezbollah while attempting to cross into Syrian territory, sources from the popular committees in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near Sidon told The Daily Star.
The sources noted that this was not the first time that a group of Palestinian fighters had left to join armed opposition groups in Syria. They added that a number of those fighters had been killed inside Syria, while others had managed to return safely.
The group was apprehended in the Baalbek village of Labweh in the Bekaa Valley at dawn Sunday, the popular committees sources said. They said one of the arrested was Hussein Maqdah, the son of senior Fatah official Monir Maqdah, while another was the official’s cousin.
The identity of the two other men was not announced.
The group was handed over to the Army Intelligence for further investigations.
Maqdah declined to comment on the report, but sources close to him said, “His son and his companions are safe and they are among their brethren.”
The sources added: “This is not the first time that fighters head to fight alongside the Syrian opposition fighters, and it won’t be the last.”
Hussein Suleiman, the son of head of the Ansarullah Palestinian group head Jamal Suleiman, has previously fought alongside the Syrian opposition and returned, causing embarrassment to his father, who is affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran.